Jimmy's Hall (2014)


In 1921, Jimmy Gralton’s sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in an Ireland on the brink of civil war. The Pearse-Connolly Hall was a place where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream . . . but above all, to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity, its socialist and free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians, who forced Jimmy to flee.

A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns to Leitrim from the US to look after his mother and vows to live the quiet life. But as he reintegrates into the community and sees the poverty and growing cultural oppression around him, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He makes the decision to reopen the hall in the face of the dangers it may bring.

Official_selections Cannes Film Festival 2014
Production Company: Element Pictures (Co-Producers)
Production Company: Sixteen Pictures
Production Company: Why Not Productions (Co-Producers)
Production Design: Fergus Clegg
Music: George Fenton
Editor: Jonathan Morris
Director: Ken Loach
Script: Paul Laverty
Producer: Rebecca O’Brien (Executive Producers: Andrew Lowe, Pascal Caucheteux, Gregoire Sorlat, Vincent Maraval)
Photography: Robbie Ryan
Art Director: Stephen Daly
Financiers: IFB, BFI, Film4
Irish Locations: Leitrim, Sligo
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